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University of Rochester Sr Chemical Depend Counselor - 222353 in Rochester, New York

Sr Chemical Depend Counselor

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Strong Memorial Hospital

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Crisis




Position Summary:

The Senior CASAC who occupies this position provides substance use disorder services (SUD) in the Acute Hospital Services, according to identified service need as indicated by the Program Director for Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) and Clinical Coordinator for inpatient Services. Assignment would include CPEP and 3 Adult Inpatient Psychiatry units providing SUD clinical services to admitted patients through assessment, individual and group therapy support. The Senior CASAC may provide interventions in modalities of, but not limited to, individual sessions, rounding, family sessions, agency meetings, groups, and/or phone conferences. The Senior CASAC develops and maintains relationships with community and outpatient providers to facilitate a fluid transition and continuity of care for patients discharged from inpatient.



  • Ensure that Hospital, Department, Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDC) Division policies and procedures are implemented with regard to patient care, discharge planning, and professional practice.

  • Participate in activities of the CDC Discipline including timely completion of time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.

  • Attend CDC Discipline Program Staff meetings, as required.

  • Subscribe to the Departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.


  • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team involving evaluation for chemical dependency treatment.

  • Coordinates SUD services for patients on all three Adult Inpatient Psychiatry units.

  • Evaluates drug and alcohol usage and determines level of care needed. Works with the Unit Social Worker in making sure referrals are completed for identified services.

  • Provides direct clinical services to assigned patients during a hospitalization; i.e., group and 1: 1 therapy.

  • Documents evaluation, disposition, and as needed treatment in the patient's chart in compliance with APP, Department, Hospital, and New York State Office of Addiction Services And Supports (OASAS) policy.

  • May give lectures/talks on specific topics to patients, and their families.

CPEP Senior Chemical Dependency Counselor:

  • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team, completing evaluation for chemical dependency treatment.

  • Evaluates drug and alcohol usage for CPEP patients identified (by substance abuse screen) and determines level of care needed.

  • Documents evaluation, disposition, interventions and referrals made in the patient's chart in compliance with APP, Department, Hospital, and New York State Office of Addiction Services And Supports (OASAS) policy.

  • Coordinates SUD service referrals for CPEP patients as needed, including completing needed referrals and/or providing consultation to other CPEP staff completing such referrals.

  • May provide individual or group therapy services for patients boarding in CPEP or in PEOB.


  • Provide consultation and education to treatment team members, residents, trainees, medical students, and/or interns assigned to unit as needed, within scope of chemical dependency practice, regarding addiction and community resources.


  • The Chemical Dependency counselor may participate in chemical dependency and/or interdisciplinary research endeavors as determined by the CASAC supervisor, in consultation with the CPEP Leadership.


Master’s Degree in a discipline related to human services and 1-2 years of related experience in drug/alcohol dependence treatment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified as a NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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